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Learn more about Gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST)

Content updated on 2022-06-02

What is gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST)?

Gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST) is a type of tumor that occurs in the gastrointestinal tract, most commonly in the stomach or small intestine. The exact is unknown but could be due to gene mutations that cause the cells to grow out of control. Risk factors include age over 50 years, male sex and certain genetic syndromes such as neurofibromatosis type 1.

Symptoms related to gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST)

  • Nausea or vomiting after eating

  • History of having blood in the stool on testing

Questions your doctor may ask to check for gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST)

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST)

  • Do you have nausea or vomiting immediately after you eat?

  • Have you ever had a positive stool occult blood test?

Treatment for gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST)

Treatment options include surgery, targeted drug therapy, chemotherapy and radiation Therapy.

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